• Panthers defensive end, former Sooner Frank Alexander suspended for a year under NFL substance abuse policy

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    For a third time in just more than a year, the NFL has suspended Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. And this time it’s for at least a year. Alexander will begin serving his suspension immediately, and it’s likely to end his career with the Panthers. Alexander, who was suspended for four games at the start of the 2014 season and then another 10 games as he was about to return from suspension, is on the team’s injured reserve as he recovers from an Achilles tear suffered in the preseason. Alexander said this summer his 2014 suspensions were for positive marijuana tests. He said he used it to relax and compared it to someone having a glass of wine after work. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storylink=cpyAlexander said this summer his 2014 suspensions were for positive marijuana tests. He said he used it to relax and compared it to someone having a glass of wine after work. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storyli

  • Dodgers likely to name Dave Roberts as manager: 4 things to know

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Former big-league outfielder Dave Roberts is in line to become the Dodgers' next manager.

  • Former Oklahoma State football player shot and killed by Texas police Tuesday

    Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma State football player was shot and killed during an incident with Texas authorities Tuesday night. Jeray Chatham was shot twice after allegedly lunging at a deputy with a butcher knife, according to a statement by Harris County Sheriff's Office Sgt. C. Collier. An investigation is underway. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. after a woman called 911 to report a she had a protective order against Chatham, who allegedly was following her in his car. According to Collier, the woman had driven to a convenience store when deputies arrived and Chatham drove away. Police said Chatham circled the neighborhood before returning to the convenience store and exiting his car while holding a butcher knife. Collier said a deputy fired a Taser at Chatham but said it was ineffective. Chatham allegedly then ran into a nearby apartment complex, jumped into the patio area of one apartment and stripped down to his underwear, Collier said. When a deputy pursued him, Chatham ran around a corner and allegedly lunged at the officer after he rounded the corner. The deputy then shot Chatham twice and he died at the complex. Chatham's father, Ray, described his son as a "gentle giant" who "didn't deserve this." Jeray Chatham was a defensive lineman at OSU. He played for the Cowboys from 2005-08. He was 30.

  • Report: Rockets fire Kevin McHale

    Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    The Houston Rockets have fired coach Kevin McHale following a 4-7 start, according to a report by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. J.B. Bickerstaff has been named interim head coach, according to the report. McHale, 57, had Houston's coach since 2011. The Rockets made the playoffs three straight seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals last year.

  • Projecting the College Football Playoff field after ranking wins of contenders

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports has Oklahoma in his updated College Football Playoff bracket after the Sooners traveled to Waco last weekend and knocked off Baylor. Forde ranked the Sooners' 44-34 victory as the best win of this college football season among contending teams, and he now believes OU currently should be slotted as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings and face No. 1 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. "Oklahoma crashes the Fab Four on the strength of the best win anyone had this season - a double-digit victory at Baylor that ended the Bears' 20-game home winning streak," Forde wrote. "The Sooners were fortunate to face true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham making just his second college start, but they were the better team all night and controlled much of the game. That gives Oklahoma a pair of road victories Sagarin loves, the other being the come-from-behind thriller at Tennessee. "The glaring blemish on the resume, of course, is the rivalry-game upset loss to Texas. That's an issue. But the Sooners' high-end victories are enough to evict an Ohio State team that is lacking by comparison. That of course will change starting this week, when the Buckeyes close against Michigan State, Michigan and potentially Iowa. But Oklahoma will continue to buttress its own strength of schedule against TCU and unbeaten Oklahoma State." Forde also ranked Oklahoma State's win over TCU as this season's third best win among contenders and OU's victory over Tennessee as the ninth best win. Also listed in Forde's rankings was Oklahoma State's win over West Virginia (20), Oklahoma's win over West Virginia (21), Oklahoma State's win over Texas Tech (27), Oklahoma's victory over Texas Tech (28), Oklahoma's win over Kansas State (40), Oklahoma State's win over Kansas State (41), Oklahoma State's win over Texas (44), Oklahoma's win over Iowa State (48), Oklahoma State's win over Central Michigan (65), Oklahoma's win over Tulsa (76), Oklahoma's win over Akron (82), Oklahoma's win over Kansas (83), Oklahoma State's win over Kansas (84), Oklahoma State's win over Central Arkansas (87), Oklahoma State's win over UTSA (88). Forde ranked Oklahoma's defeat against Texas as the second worst loss among the six combined  losses of contending teams. North Carolina's loss to South Carolina was ranked as the worst of the six.

  • Sooners fan arrested after mistaking Waco courthouse for hotel

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    A drunken Oklahoma fan was arrested Saturday morning for trespassing after he broke into the Waco courthouse and claimed he had mistaken it for the Hilton hotel. Deputies responding to a burglar alarm at the courthouse at 8:15 a.m. found Harold Anthony Schroeder, 35, of Oklahoma City curled up sleeping between the counsel rail and the first row of seats in the 54th State District Courtroom. Schroeder tried to explain to deputies that he thought he was at the Hilton. Deputies said Schroeder smelled strongly of alcohol, but McLennan Country Sheriff's Capt. Steve Smith said Schroeder was not charged with burglary of a building because his intent was not to steal anything and he was just looking for a place to sleep.

  • Report: David Ortiz retiring after 2016 season

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season, according to Fox Sports, ending a 19-year career in which he became a New England legend for his postseason heroics. USA TODAY reports Ortiz, who turns 40 on Wednesday, finished 2015 with 503 career home runs, cementing his status as one of the game's greatest designated hitters. But he'll likely be better remembered for his heroics in the 2004 postseason - when his walkoff home run helped spur a comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series - and in 2013, when he earned World Series MVP honors.

  • Mike Gundy calls Mike Yurcich a rising star, labels criticism unfair

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy publicly supported the job offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has done with the Cowboys. "I've been very fortunate to be around some good football coaches on (the offensive) side of the ball. Different styles of coaches," Gundy told the Tulsa World. "(Yurcich) certainly is very intelligent and very creative. He has developed into what I would describe as a good teacher. "He's kind of a young and rising star in this profession. Fortunately, I've had him for three years now. Hopefully, we can keep him here for a while and let him develop. He's done really well." Of the criticism that has been directed at Yurcich, Gundy said, "I felt it was unfair, but that doesn't make a difference in the world we live in today. I've watched him (during tough times), and I never really felt like he needed someone to pat him on the back. He's been very strong."

  • Holm-Rousey one of biggest upsets of all time

    Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    In the wake of Ronda Rousey's stunning loss to Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia, here are 10 of the most shocking and memorable upsets in sports history.

  • Eagles QB Bradford injures shoulder, ruled out

    Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Sam Bradford suffered a left shoulder injury Sunday, but the Eagles announced that X-rays were negative on their starting quarterback.

  • Ex-Cowboys running back Joseph Randle suspended four games

    Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Free agent running back Joseph Randle, released by the Dallas Cowboys last week, has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to a report by NFL.com. The discipline stems from an incident that took place last February in Wichita, Kansas. In five games this season, Randle rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 76 carries.

  • Why Missouri football players are going on strike; university president won’t quit

    Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    With the backing of their head coach, football players at Missouri are threatening to stop participating in any football activities until the president of the university system is fired or resigns. In a late afternoon statement, though, the president declined to do so, saying instead that the school would start a systemwide diversity examination. The players’ action stems from troubling racial incidents on the Columbia, Mo., campus, incidents that Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians believes were poorly handled by Tim Wolfe. The campus-wide group announced its decision, using the hashtag #ConcernedStudent1950 and a photo of 32 black men on Twitter on Saturday night. Concerned Student 1950, the student activism group leading the protests, is named for the year Missouri first admitted African-American students.

  • Cowboys’ Greg Hardy breaks social media silence on graphic photos of ex-girlfriend’s injuries

    Published: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    Greg Hardy broke his silence on social media Saturday night—one day after graphic pictures surfaced of injuries suffered by his former girlfriend. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past and I&#39;m Dedicated to being the best person &amp; teammate that I can be</p>&mdash; Kraken&amp;theNightmares (@OverlordKraken) <a href="https://twitter.com/OverlordKraken/status/663159859374780416">November 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">but mostly I am Grateful 4 the opportunity to play in NFL <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GodBlessHookyStreet?src=hash">#GodBlessHookyStreet</a></p>&mdash; Kraken&amp;theNightmares (@OverlordKraken) <a href="https://twitter.com/OverlordKraken/status/663159876651122688">November 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

  • Report: Lincoln Riley interviews for North Texas job

    Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has interviewed for the head coaching job at North Texas, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The report, which cites an unnamed University of North Texas official, also listed Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Steve Spavital as candidates for the vacancy. TCU co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie also were listed in the report as potential targets. Riley, 32, is in his first season at OU after five seasons as Eastern Carolina's offensive coordinator. North Texas fired coach Dan McCarney after the Mean Green stated the season 0-5.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explains why colleges should pay athletes

    Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    In an interview with Business Insider, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explained why he things college athletes should be compensated. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} "I think college athletes should be paid because they’re being exploited," he said. "The NCAA makes a couple billion dollars each year, and the people who actually do the work that enables them to make their money receive none of it. And that’s absolutely exploitation."

  • LeBron James and Kevin Love found love in a hopeless place

    Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    Forget fitting out and fitting in. This year there’s nothing but love between LeBron James and Kevin Love, USA TODAY reports. A report from Ohio.com on Friday affirmed what many of us thought we were seeing last year: a disconnect between the two Cavaliers teammates. According to the report, James was perturbed that Love didn’t show up in shape last season, and when Kyrie Irving stepped up in a big way, Love was cast as the odd man out.

  • Adam Silver's challenge is to grow the WNBA

    Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The surprise announcement that Laurel Richie is leaving her post as WNBA president puts NBA commissioner Adam Silver in the spotlight. It appears to be a new task he relishes, easy to understand for one of the architects of the original WNBA business plan 20 years ago. “There are societal forces at work that are undeniable,” Silver told USA Today Sports. “But we wouldn't be doing this in the way we are if we, the WNBA and the NBA had the opportunity to influence consumer behavior, fan behavior and directly impact people's desire to watch women's basketball games in person, and watch the WNBA on television. So we believe that we can effect change. I believe that I personally can do more to grow the WNBA. I believe it is necessary, at least in the short-term, that I commit more of my time to the success of the league.”

  • Johnny Manziel to start for the Browns against the Bengals

    Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    With Josh McCown still suffering from a rib injury, Browns QB Johnny Manziel will get his second start of the season in Thursday's game against Cincinnati. "On the short week, we realized that Josh just wasn't going to be able to get to the point where he could go," Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. "Johnny has worked hard to prepare himself. He is excited about his opportunity and we are all looking forward to the challenge." Manziel started the second game of the season and threw for two touchdown passes in a 28-14 win over Tennessee.

  • Dallas Cowboys release Joseph Randle

    Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Dallas Cowboys have released running back Joseph Randle. The former Oklahoma State standout was excused by the Cowboys last week to deal with what the team called a "personal issue." There are also reports that Randle is facing a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy for an incident in February in Wichita, Kansas. Failing production, off-field incidents and pending NFL discipline were all factors in the Cowboys' decision to release Randle. In five games this season, Randle rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 76 carries.

  • Charlotte Hornets sign Jeremy Lamb to $21 million contract extension

    Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    The Charlotte Hornets have signed shooting guard Jeremy Lamb to a three-year contract extension that will pay him about $21 million. Lamb was traded by Oklahoma City to Charlotte in June after three uneventful seasons with the Thunder. In two games off the bench for the Hornets, Lamb is averaging 10 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes per game.